Suppose you’re a Barack Obama supporter in Los Angeles and you’re heading to the president-elect’s Jan. 20 inauguration in Washington.
Flying across the country on a jumbo jet, sleeping two nights in a hotel and getting around the city on public transit will result in the equivalent emission of 0.975 metric tons of carbon dioxide, according to obamacarboncalc.com, an online calculator developed by the British environmental monitoring firm Ecometrica Ltd.
After computing the cost of offsetting your emissions — about $10 — Ecometrica will direct you to the Maryland nonprofit Carbonfund.org to invest in wind farms and other clean-energy projects.
So to make Obama’s swearing in easier on the planet, official organizers of the inauguration and associated events are promising everything from galas with recyclable carpet and organic hors d’oeuvres to additional subway cars and manure-scoopers along Obama’s 1.7-mile parade route.
About 100 volunteers will collect recyclable materials discarded along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route, which begins at Fourth Street and ends at the White House. Additional volunteers will scoop up horse droppings, which will be sold as fertilizer to a local farm, said Griffiths, whose colleagues are working with a U.S. EPA liaison.
Hmmm….Why can’t they have projects like these when there ISN’T an inauguration going on?
Scores of “heat sheets” — metallic blankets handed out to parade onlookers to keep warm — will be donated to local homeless shelters after the inauguration.
The inaugural platform and runner at the western base of the Capitol will feature 725 square yards of recyclable, royal blue carpet that was hand-ironed by employees of House Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard. His staffers will also hang 80 swags, cascades and pleated panels made of water-resistant red, white and blue fabric.
Interesting…What are your thoughts on this? Are you planning on attending the Inauguration or know anyone that is?
Source: E&E’s Greenwire (Subscription required)
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For the Inauguration schedule: http://www.pic2009.org/pages/schedule